NEW signing Barry Heyes grabbed the headlines in a well-fought game as FFC headed out to West Pier on the back of a string of wins which have taken them to third in the Sunday League.
A beautiful large pitch met an FFC team that was seriously depleted. With only 11 players available, this was always going to be a tough challenge for the Robin Hood’s Bay side.
Joe Faichney came into midfield with Chandler and the team reverted to a 4-4-2 to accommodate the players available.
West Pier took control of the game in the opening encounters as FFC failed to get the ball on the floor and play their cultured style of football. As FFC fought their way back into the game, it was West Pier who opened the scoring with a scrappy goal deflected past the unlucky Neil Brearley in goal.
But FFC’s heads did not drop and inspired by the vocal management unit of the sidelines and home and away super fan Ken Faichney, the team continued to improve and create more chances.
After a slick ‘Dales counter-attack was brought to a halt by a foul.
Starman Jake Faichney stepped up to take a free-kick from 30 yards. A great effort forced an equally impressive save but it was new boy Heyes who was alert, following up and slotting the loose ball into the corner.
With the score level at half-time and signs that there were three points up for grabs, boss Tommy Pearson brought Cuffling out of defence into the holding midfield role.
This was a typical Pearson masterstroke and helped FFC take further control in the second half which they went on to dominate.
Continued pressure from ‘Dales led to the third goal of the game as a sweeping passing move saw Jake Faichney put Heyes through on goal who rifled it in off the bar.
With the score reversed, FFC fought a fair but hard game and continued to play the majority of the half in the West Pier half.
Without any subs and three of the team suffering cramp, West Pier brought on two quality players from their successful 1st team, so it was no surprise they got a lucky break.
Ten minutes from time, a rare lapse in concentration for FFC led to a West Pier equaliser.
FFC continued to battle in the last 10 minutes but despite creating chances, the scores stayed level.
A gripping high calibre game led to a sharing of the points and FFC’s growing unbeaten record.
This Sunday, FFC go to Oliver’s Mount (Pitch 4) where they take on League leaders Sun Inn.
If the past five games are anything to go by, FFC are ready for this test.
Man of the match: Barry Heyes; match ball sponsor: Beacon Farm
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